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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever concept, but uncertain about episodic release, 20 July 2013
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This review is from: Positron: Episodes 1-3 (Kindle Edition)
In a near future world, Stan and Charmaine decide to commit to a new social project aimed to solve society's mass unemployment and out of control crime. The community is split - one month they are prisoners in Positron and the other month they are citizens in Consilience. Once inside, everyone always has a job and everyone has a home that their share with their 'alternates'. The catch - once inside, no one is ever allowed out.

Once again Margaret Atwood has immediately sucked me into one of her cleverly thought out dystopian worlds. I have always loved how the relevancy of her work gets me thinking and Positron is no exception. The characters and setting were very vivid and on the basis of Episode 1-3, the concept of Positron is definitely on par with Oryx & Crake and The Handmaid's Tale, but I'm so far uncertain about the style.

This edition includes the first three episodes of the Positron series (Episode #1 I'm Starved for you, Episode #2 Choke Collar and Episode #3 Erase Me), with the fourth episode now released separately (Episode #4 The Heart Goes Last).

I am still undecided on this episodic release. I found that the short length meant I was quickly engrossed, but it does feel more like a TV programme, where at the start of each episode you have a quick reminder of certain details of the story and at the end you have a cliff hanger (though done far more subtly than most things on TV). This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but has left me confused about the best way to read this. Would it be more enjoyable to read them one by one with a break in between? Should I wait until all the episodes are out? At the moment, I have just read three episodes in succession and I feel like I've rushed it. The other issue is also price - I will need to keep paying to gain the rest of the story but how many parts will there be?

Overall - an engrossing concept but it doesn't quite feel as flowing as her other works. Whether this is just due to it being released in episodes, I'm undecided. Either way, I will still be trying the next installment.
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